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Dale Purves, Research Professor Emeritus of Duke Institute for Brain Sciences and Research Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and Neurobiology and Member of Center for Cognitive Neuroscience

Dale Purves
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Office Location:  B241, LSRC Bldg., Research Drive, Durham, NC 27708
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Teaching (Fall 2021):

  • Neurosci 288s.01, Music as biology Synopsis
    Lsrc b240, TuTh 03:30 PM-04:45 PM

M.D.Harvard Medical School1964
A.B.Yale University1960
B.A.Yale University1960
Representative Publications   (More Publications)   (search)

  1. Howe Q, Purves D (2004) Size contrast and assimilation explained by the statistics of scene geometry. J Cog Neurosci 16(1): 90-102..
  2. Purves D, Lotto RB (2004) The Cornsweet effect. Encyclopedia of Neuroscience, 3rd edition. G. Adelman and B.H. Smith, eds. Elsevier Press 2004..
  3. Schwartz D, Purves D (2004) Pitch is determined by naturally occurring periodic sounds. Hearing Research 194: 31-46..
  4. Yang, Z; Purves, D (2003). A statistical explanation of visual space.. Nature Neuroscience, 6(6), 632-640. [12754512], [doi]  [abs]
  5. Long, F. and D. Purves (2003) Natural scene statistics as the universal basis for color context effects. Proc Natl Acad Sci 100 (25): 15190-15193..
  6. Purves,  D. and R.B. Lotto (2003) Why We See What We Do:  An Empirical Theory  of Vision. Sinauer Associates: Sunderland, MA..
  7. Schwartz, D., C.Q. Howe and D. Purves (2003) Statistical evidence that musical universals derive from the acoustical characteristics of human speech. J. Neurosci. 23: 7160-7168..
  8. Purves, D., R.B. Lotto, S.M. Williams, S. Nundy and Z.Yang (2001) Why we see things the way we do: Evidence for a wholly empirical strategy of vision. Philos. Trans. R. Soc. Lond. B, 356: 285-297..
  9. Lotto, R.B. and D. Purves (2000) An empirical explanation of color contrast. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 97: 12834-12839..
  10. Nundy, S., B. Lotto, D. Coppola, A. Shimpi and D. Purves (2000) Why are angles misperceived? Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 97: 5592-5597..
  11. Lotto, R.B. and D. Purves (1999) The effects of color on brightness. Nature Neurosci. 2: 1010-1014..
  12. Lotto, R.B., S.M. Williams and D. Purves (1999) Mach bands as empirically derived associations. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 96: 5245-5250..
  13. Purves, D., A. Shimpi and R.B. Lotto (1999) An empirical explanation of the Cornsweet effect. J. Neurosci. 19: 8542-8551..
  14. Williams, S.M., A.N. McCoy and D. Purves (1998) An empirical explanation of brightness. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 95: 13301-13306..
  15. White, L.E., T. J. Andrews, C. Hulette, A. Richards, M. Groelle, J. Paydarfar and D. Purves  (1997)  Structure of the Human Sensorimotor System II.  Lateral symmetry.  Cereb Cortex 7:31-47..
  16. Purves, D. (1994) Neural Activity and the Growth of the Brain. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press..

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